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TAPS ACROSS AMERICA

The Annual sounding of Taps during the National Moment of Remembrance
on Memorial Day at 3 p.m.

TAPS ACROSS AMERICA 2022

Registration is open at www.TapsAcrossAmerica.org

YOU CAN REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE

On Memorial Day, Americans remember those who have died in military service to the United States. THE NATIONAL MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE is an annual event that asks all citizens, wherever they are at 3:00 p.m. local time, to pause for a duration of one minute in silent tribute to the men and women who have honorably served in uniform and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

TAPS ACROSS AMERICA will again honor those military members. At 3 p.m. (local) on Memorial Day thousands of participants will be spread out across our nation to sound the 24 notes of our most solemn bugle call, Taps.

Buglers and trumpeters will sound the call from their front porch, on their apartment balcony, driveway, on the sidewalk, and at cemeteries and memorials to make sure this musical tribute is given to those who, as President Abraham Lincoln put it, gave the last full measure of devotion.


OUR 2021 TAPS ACROSS AMERICA VIDEO

Buglers and trumpeters will sound the call from their front porch, on their apartment balcony, driveway, on the sidewalk, and at cemeteries and memorials to make sure this musical tribute is given to those who, as President Abraham Lincoln put it, gave the last full measure of devotion.

The idea is to find a location to perform and sound the call after observing one minute of silence. We encourage to have it videoed or photographed so we can share it on our social platforms. Last year over ten thousand participated to honor, reflect, and remember.

TAPS ACROSS AMERICA is sponsored by Taps For Veterans, an organization dedicated to finding live buglers for funerals and memorial services. It was founded in 2012 by Jari Villanueva, United States Air Force Band (retired) who served as a bugler at Arlington Nation Cemetery for 23 years. You can read Jari’s bio at TapsBugler

The idea is to find a location to perform and sound the call after observing one minute of silence. We encourage you to have it videoed or photographed so we can share it on our social media platforms.

TAPS ACROSS AMERICA debuted in 2020 when CBS News “On the Road” correspondent Steve Hartman teamed up with retired Air Force bugler Jari Villanueva, founder of TAPS FOR VETERANS. The two men invited buglers and other musicians to sound Taps from their front porches all at the same time. The massive, simultaneous event replaced picnics, parades, and other celebrations cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. 

The response was overwhelming: More than 10,000 musicians joined in a nationwide salute to remember fallen service members. TAPS ACROSS AMERICA brought the country together, offering everyone an opportunity to Honor, Remember and Reflect in the true spirit of Memorial Day. 

The 3rd Annual TAPS ACROSS AMERICA will take place on Memorial Day (Monday May 30), once again bringing together thousands of musicians to sound Taps at 3 p.m. (local).

TAPS FOR VETERANS is again partnering with organizations to present TAPS ACROSS AMERICA. Our partners are listed on the TAPS ACROSS AMERICA website. We wish to thank Fleet Farm stores in the Midwest where a bugler will sound Taps at each of their 47 stores.

FAQ

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Anyone who can sound Taps on a bugle, trumpet, or similar instrument. We welcome players from all organizations and performing groups.

WHEN SHOULD I SOUND TAPS?
Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) at 3 p.m. local That means 3 p.m. in your time zone.

WHERE SHOULD I PLAY?
Your front yard, porch, balcony, driveway, etc. Feel free to alert your neighbors so they can come listen. You can also sound Taps at a military memorial or in a cemetery. Try to position yourself near a flag or by a memorial.

HOW DO I SOUND TAPS?
Find the sheet music at this link. Please note the rhythm of Taps. Let’s strive to play it correctly. Follow the guidelines HERE

SHOULD I RECORD MYSELF SOUNDING TAPS?
Yes — we plan to upload videos to our YouTube Channel “Taps For Veterans Events Taps Across America.” We will post information how to upload videos to Taps Across America

WHAT SHOULD I USE TO RECORD A VIDEO OF MYSELF?
Any phone with a video camera works — you don’t need any fancy equipment. Just place your phone somewhere stable, or have someone with steady hands hold it in one place. Hold the phone horizontally, not vertically, so your video is wider than it is tall. Record the whole performance. If neighbors or friends come to listen, get a shot of them too! Photos are welcome too!

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HEAR TAPS?
If you hear Taps being sounded, you should respond as you do for the national anthem: Stand, face the music and place your hand over your heart. Military veterans may render a hand salute.

HOW DO I SHARE MY VIDEO ACROSS SOCIAL MEDIA?
Tag us in your video on social media with the following hashtags:
#TapsAcrossAmerica
#TapsForVeterans
#TapsBugler
#Taps
#NationalMomentofRemembrance

LINKS AND SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
www.TapsAcrossAmerica.org (register to sound Taps on Memorial day)
www.TapsForVeterans.org
www.FaceBook.com/TapsAcrossAmerica (page)
www.facebook.com/groups/TapsAcrossAmerica (group)
www.FaceBook.com/TapsForVeterans (page)
www.facebook.com/groups/TapsForVeteransEvents (group)
www.twitter.com/TapsAcrossAmerica
www.instagram.com/tapsacrossamerica

If you have any questions or are interested in donating, sponsoring or partnering with Taps Across America please email us at TapsAcrossAmerica@gmail.com

Taps For Veterans would also like to give special thanks to
Fleet Farm Stores, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, NJ Taps, Houston Taps Buglers for Veterans, Taps Bugler, Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble, and Live Taps for their support.

If you would like to partner or support us please send a note to us at Taps4Veterans@gmail.com

YOU CAN ORDER A PATCH AND PIN!
https://www.tapsacrossamerica.org/store/

Items go on sale May 9th

TAPS ACROSS AMERICA started originally as a way to commemorate Memorial Day during the COVID pandemic with performers sounding Taps in their neighborhood during the National Moment of Remembrance. It has gained momentum since. Join us on this special day!

Please join us in the National Moment of Remembrance 2022. You can register at: www.TapsAcrossAmerica.org

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